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  • Who doesn't want a firebreathing Hellhound for a cuddly, playful little pet?
    SOE's new "Visual Pet Guide" (and another guide for customizing the colors of your baby dragon) lets players get a quick glimpse of these creatures before they bring them home. I could only afford the "Ill-Tempered Humane Society Reject," and let's just say that, in some cases, it's better not to have a pet at all.

    " There are many house pets available in EverQuest II, many of which can be purchased from your local pet store and a few that can be obtained through other means. Enjoy this visual guide to the various pets you can gain as faithful house companions in EverQuest II."

    The Visual Pet Guide at the Everquest II official site.

    News
    Sat, Aug 20, 2005
    Ethec
  • One lunch to souse them all

    Turbine has posted an account of the "Lunch of the Rings"at Dave & Buster's in Providence, RI . Apparently a couple dwarves had a little too much to drink, and after a frustrating session in the Mechwarrior arena took out their frustrations on the arcade with their axes! Film at 11.

    During lunch, most of the tables had at least one LOTRO team member to chat with (the exception being the table with Calandryll and our AC1 folks). It was such a pleasure to hear laughter coming so frequently from the tables – the LOTRO community is so friendly and fun, as long as you don't step on their lore. *duck* There was lots of drooling over the E3 video, which Thrindil and Polleke worked so hard to get working with the Dave & Buster's equipment, and laughter over the video greetings – especially Amon Ereb's, which started with a very, very twisted puppet show.

    Read more on LotROG I East at the official Turbine site.

    News
    Sat, Aug 20, 2005
    Ethec
  • "Where there is a master..."
    LucasArts announced plans for another SWG expansion as a followup to "Rage of the Wookies." Apparently Obi-Wan has some work for you to do. The whole of the new expansion, "Trials of Obi Wan," is built around the Jedi's post-movie activities on Mustafar (the molten planet where we left him at the end of Episode III).

    "With Trials of Obi-Wan being an expansion set for release via digital download the same day as the Episode III DVD, we can't think of a better planet to add to Star Wars Galaxies than Mustafar," said Julio Torres, Producer at LucasArts. "Meanwhile, including the spirit of Obi-Wan nicely bridges the prequel era and the more classic-oriented time period depicted in the game. We're really excited about continuing mythology established by other LucasArts games, as well."

    Read the entire expansion announcment at LucasArts' official site.

    News
    Sat, Aug 20, 2005
    Ethec
  • Virtual Private Dicks. Hooo boy!
    The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that spouses of game players are hiring virtual private investigators to see if their spouses are cheating on them in the virtual world. Joey Buttafuco claims he never cheated on his wife and that he never said this:

    " Keyboard lust: An official monitor in the online role-playing game Second Life told BBC News in April that he knows of spouses of game players who have actually paid money to online-game detectives to learn whether their mates are committing ''virtual adultery'' with other players' characters in the course of the game. (Second Life encourages players to create a character and live out a made-up existence, which can of course include having an affair with another player's made-up character.) "

    You can read the entire Virtual Adultery Article at The Salt Lake Tribune.

    News
    Thu, Aug 18, 2005
    Boomjack
  • And just how did YOU get into the game industry?
    GamaSutra has posted a question that is asked on a daily basis to people in the gaming industry. Not all answers are from folks in the MMOG industry, but there are a few and it's a very interesting read. Brad Pitt have never worked in the game industry and it's highly unlikely he would have answered the question like this:

    " There was a lot of different paths our respondents took in getting into the industry. Some started in QA, some made the rare transition from a related industry, while others just fell into their career. But all of those surveyed exhibited a great deal of passion and love for the industry, as well as a fair bit of perserverance and determination. "

    You can read the entire "How Did You Get Into The Game Industry?", Article at GamaSutra.

    News
    Thu, Aug 18, 2005
    Boomjack
  • "Anarchy Online" Doesn't Just Describe the WoW PvP Servers!

    Third in our series of MMOG profiles, we examine the 2001 Sci-Fi blockbuster MMO Anarchy Online this week. AO introduced a slew of revolutionary changes to the genre after a turgid, buggy start; ideas such as instancing and player housing that soon became staple additions to any rising star.

    Who said MMORPGs had to have a fantasy backdrop of orcs, elves, gnomes, and magic? When Anarchy Online busted onto the scene in mid-2001 with its massive 50,000 player-per-server approach, the initial enthusiasm in a true Sci-Fi themed MMOG was tempered by a period of crippling bugs and technical glitches. Funcom was quick to make good on its first MMO, and by the time Dark Age of Camelot was released in November 2001, AO was releasing its first expansion ("Notum Wars") to compliment a polished, unique, and fun-to-play package.

    AO's differences aren't purely thematic or technical. When I first logged onto AO and was muddling through the fairly-steep learning curve of a combat and advancement system (steep, despite a brutal assault by popup tips), I realized I was being followed by a player character. Being fairly used to other MMOGs, where newbie zones are sort of a terrorist playground, I didn't pay much attention at first. When I turned around, I realized this player, "Greeter Mitzuharu" was trying desperately to get my attention. Wait a sec..."Greeter"? This was an actual, true-to-life person, welcoming me to the game, and asking me if I had any questions. I was almost too surprised to reply!

    Far from eulogizing games like AO or boxing them up as "past their prime", we honor them as "going concerns" in the only genre for whom constant improvement is a way of life for the developers. MMOGs are truly gamers' games.

    Check out our writeups on EverQuest and Dark Age of Camelot too!

    News
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Ethec
  • New Antonia Rules. Nerdly Types Drool.
    In a contest that began in early 2005, SOE announced that Anna Wainscoat, the woman interestingly surnamed after wallboard, is the new skimpily-clad Queen Antonia. The reward: a paid year of dressing up as Queen Antonia as various gamer events around the world. The punishment: a paid year of dressing up as Queen Antonia as various gamer events around the world.

    "Sony Online Entertainment congratulates Anna Wainscoat, a gamer from California with a background in sports, dance, and journalism. Anna was crowned Antonia on Saturday, August 13th at the Stuff Casino Weekend at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. "

    We at TTH would like to congratulate the runner-up also, our very own Neddie Seagoon, whose bid was tossed out after he goosed another female candidate and ran away giggling, losing his female disguise on the way. After all, it's not hard to look like a halfling female, nor is it a stretch for halflings to goose anyone.
    Yes, you can go see the pics on Everquest 2's Quest for Antonia here. Like hobos at a Mercedes Benz dealership you are, sheesh.

    News
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Ethec
  • Virtual theft gets real jail time.
    GameSpot is reporting that a Lineage II fraud has resulted in an arrest. Chinese farmers have released a statement that goes something like this:

    "Chinese exchange student arrested by Japanese police after using bot program to steal items from other users and then selling them for cash."

    You can read the entire Lineage II Fraud Arrest Story at GameSpot.
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    News
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Succubus Spanks WoW Kiddie. Film at 11:00.
    Kid busted by WoW Playing Mommy is an article up on Joystiq. MAWP, Mothers Against WoW Players has delivered a press release that goes something like this:

    "Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is the biggest MMORPG ever. So big, in fact, that everyone and his mother is playing it… literally. "

    You can read the entire Kid busted by WoW Playing Mommy article at Joystiq.
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    News
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Roper? I can't even catch her!
    Bill Roper of Flagship Studios has predicted a major PC games market ship in his keynote address at "European E3". Howard Stern has just announced that he is firmly against PC games. He claims he has never been Politically Correct and he isn't about to start now because some !@#$wad at some geek convention says it's the way to go:

    " Flagship Studios president Bill Roper has heavily backed PC development in his Games Convention keynote and placed connectivity and multiple-platform development at the centre of his vision for the industry's future. "

    You can read the entire Roper predicts major PC games market shift in Leipzig keynote at GamesIndustry.biz.
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    News
    Wed, Aug 17, 2005
    Boomjack
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